At the school door yesterday, another mum came over and said she drives past me every morning and thinks "she has her sh*t together". I was really shocked and massively flattered. When I asked why, she said it was because I walk to school with 2 kids and they are on bikes.
The reality is that my youngest has had meltdowns about walking far since he broke his leg at Easter. If we do not take bikes, he has a wobbler and I end up attempting to carry him up the hill after a massive scene. If I drive to school, he also has a wobbler because he has to walk from the car. So this is actually the option where no one cries, including me!
This really got me thinking about our perception of both ourselves and other mums. I honestly thought other mums would look at me and think:
*Never does her hair
*grumpy with kids
Maybe most do haha, but that mum did not!
As parents, we often compare ourselves to others and I certainly feel like I am failing half the time. I think Facebook and instagram are half the issue. Everyone has perfect day trips and fun seasonal activities at home. What the photos do not show is the fight between siblings or the meltdown because they were not allowed to buy a toy in the giftshop.
Let's keep it real! We all have bad days, we don't get it right all the time but we are trying our best!